Category Archives: design

Watch and learn

Some things to watch / recreating dead actors. Presumably the Peter Cushing estate didn’t think to license his image so this one was a freebie / the evolution of Formula 1 steering wheels / Pop Up, a short film / … Continue reading

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Hugged to death

Modern Berlin is the latest map from Blue Crow Media. The spike of interest in architecture-related travel continues unabated with Phaidon’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA. Modern architecture has always had this problem of being reduced to … Continue reading

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Flying my bike past the gates of the factories

The Re-birth of the Company, a book about the creeping return to the glory (?) days of the Corporate Town. Wikipedia has a list of company towns. We’re living in an age when corporations are suggesting they sift through your … Continue reading

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World building and the building of worlds

More design and illustration. Beautiful objects by Santi Zoraidez, including Embedded / Habitat 316/D, an imagined socialist dystopia by Marcin Wolski / Airport of the Future, illustrations by Sam Chivers / illustrations by Federico Babina / Beware the Bibliophilia, a … Continue reading

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Worse things happen at sea

A forthcoming academic study by Emma Spence on the world of superyacht acquisition and use lays bare the reality that these objects have very little discernible use value in the traditional anthropological sense. They also don’t function as assets, because … Continue reading

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The spirit of place

Xchurches, a tumblr of ex-churches / photography by Alexandre Guirkinger / paintings by Bernardo Siciliano / photography by Ignas Maldus / In pictures: Georgia’s forgotten people, ‘Approximately 400 are living in harsh conditions in an abandoned Soviet-era military hospital in … Continue reading

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Throwing itself under the [Micro]bus

The psychology of the VW emissions scandal laid bare (via MeFi), a decade-long deception that stems, in part, from VW’s stubborn desire to give the US market what it thought it needed as opposed to what it so clearly wanted … Continue reading

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Link review: design, art and photography

When we embarked on this rather thankless project a few days ago, we forgot to thank Roberto at ArchEyes for drawing our attention to the thicket of 404s that filled the sidebar. Hopefully that is all now being rectified. So … Continue reading

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Worlds apart

Fantastical worlds created by the artist Simon Stålenhag / converting a Mercedes into a Rolls-Royce, Kazakhstan-style. See also the Geely GE, or this Nissan conversion, Lincoln conversion and Chrysler bodykit. Most of which are collected on this page of Phantom … Continue reading

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Yet more then and now

Pearl River Delta, then and now / London During the Blitz: Then and Now Photographs / the Peckham Peculiar on Nunhead Cemetery / beautiful animated environments by Carl Burton / the Peckham Zine Club, illustration / Unstuck Pixels, retro gaming … Continue reading

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Ribbons, anniversaries, re-imaginings

X-Palm, SMAQ architecture on re-shaping the luxury refuges of the past / the relationship between Ping-Pong and Tech Bubbles / storing energy in railcars on a gentle incline / Chernobyl: Atomic City, a piece by Will Wiles from 2012. Related, … Continue reading

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Back from the brink

Apologies for the long absence. Architecture: ten Zaha Hadid designs that were never built / Peter Zumthor’s first project, from 1970, ‘available to rent for a weekend at half the price of the latest Zumthor 850-page long monograph‘. At the … Continue reading

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Inside out

A couple of fine interiors blogs, Inspiration from Pentreath and Hall (lots of lovely landscape and garden images too) and the fine Bible of British Taste, a sort of UK-centric version of The Selby with fewer tattoos / Clock Without … Continue reading

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Links coming thick and fast

Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound (via MeFi) / Is there still any point collecting books?, ask Howard Jacobsen / versus Tsundoku, ‘the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves’ / a very beautiful essay, … Continue reading

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Return to sender

Legofy any image (via MeFi, which also links a simpler version for the github averse) / paintings by Jason Barner-Rasmussen / Modernist Estates posts on the 1937 documentary Kensal House, a celebration of this ‘visionary gas-powered community in north-west London’. … Continue reading

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Whine and cheese

Reading Design is a repository for new and old writing about visual culture, from treatises on whether irony is killing design? to Sue Barr’s Autostrade photo series. The archive will grow as more is added in time / a colossal … Continue reading

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This and that

Keep Calm… the original, alone amidst a sea of imitators / slang terms for death / behind the scenes at IKEA / UnCube dedicates an issue to Zaha Hadid / London Centric, stunning images by Jason Hawkes / yet more … Continue reading

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On the road again

Unsurprisingly it turns out that Japanese RV culture is amazing. Check this collection of Micro Japanese RVs (camper vans) as well as some slightly larger ones. Check the Karucan, or the MiniBig from Car-Taka, who also sell the Prius-based Relax … Continue reading

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Don’t go in the basement

Architecture and design round-up. A couple of titanic Art Deco piles to kick-off: Villa Cavrois, France (via The Spaces) and Villa Dirickz, Belgium (via Wowhaus) / Cartastrophe, ‘mistakes were made’ in the presentation process. See also London-tubemap.com, a new way … Continue reading

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Surreptitious snaps

A selection of miniature and concealed photographic devices, taken from Bonhams’ upcoming camera auction. For example, a disguised camera from East Germany (see also Beyond the Wall: Art and artifacts from the GDR). A classic digital wrist watch camera outfit … Continue reading

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